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Self Motivation Made Simple
Jan. 21, 2021— Whenever I have thought during practice “Why am I doing so poorly,” it has shaken my self-confidence for the rest of the day. I start to question my abilities, my determination and my will to contribute to the team. Going through 8 years of an individual sport has lead me to this conclusion; no one can motivate me the way I can motivate myself. In swimming the only person I can listen to (other than my coaches) is myself. So what do you do when you are being hard on yourself, and you feel that you are not able to live up to your expectations? In this post, I want to highlight five di ...
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Energy Standard Training Group
Jan. 21, 2021— The Energy Standard Training group, usually based in Turkey, has been unable to resume training there since before they dispersed for the Christmas break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Current travel restrictions, as a result of rising Covid-19, have meant that the group never returned in the new year to their base in the Gloria Sports Arena. With the pandemic worsening in many countries across the world, head coach James Gibson said: “It’s not the best time to run an international program.” He added: “All of the group are training at home to get some consistency in their work towa ...
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Leah Smith Details Solo Training with Matt Grevers, ISL, and Coffee Hobby
Jan. 20, 2021— We sat down with Olympic champion Leah Smith , who was one of few national teamers who didn’t attend a Pro Swim this past weekend. Leah was planning on attending the meet in Irvine, but as that one was canceled she opted to stay home and train. Smith details her last 10 months through the COVID pandemic, including prepping for ISL with Matt Grevers , being on a non-US based team for the ISL, and her newfound coffee love with all this time at home. Music: Otis McDonald www.otismacmusic.com RECENT EPISODES Leah was planning on attending the meet in Irvine, but as that one was canceled ...
@SwimXps Great podcast featuring Leah Smith #swimming
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World Record Holder Ilya Shymanovich Addresses Dolphin Kick Controversy
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@SwimXps Ilya Shymanovich responds to controversial #breaststroke kick
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Ian Thorpe: “Everyone in the World is Swimming the 200 Freestyle Wrong” (Video)
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@SwimXps Here's just how important sleep is to #athletic perforance ...
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An Honest Sport: 15 Truths About Swimming
Jan. 19, 2021— 15 Truths About Swimming Swimming is a sport like no other. You learn a lot about yourself throughout your years as a swimmer and the sport inherently instills valuable life lessons in you. Even when your time as a competitive swimmer is done, you still continue to learn more about the sport and have time to reflect. Here are 15 very real and very honest truths about swimming: 1. Swimming isn’t like any other sport, so don’t expect it to be. Swimming is unique for many reasons and is truly unlike any other sport. You don’t get a timeout in the middle of your 400 IM, no matter how bad ...
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Zane Grothe on Training: "I've really focused on having a better 1500" (Video)
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@SwimXps Cody Simpson showing his speed in #swimming practice ...
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SSPC: Jade Hannah on Maturing Through Training at HPC - Toronto
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@SwimXps A cold winter #swimming dip ...
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Does Talent Matter?
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@GoodbyeChlorine Does hard work matter more than extreme talent? #swimming
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July 18, 2020— 5 Plant-Based Protein Alternatives for Swimmers You have heard it countless times from doctors, parents and coaches. “Eat your greens!” Obviously, fruit and vegetable consumption is important to a well-balanced diet, but people are becoming increasingly aware of additional benefits offered by following a primarily plant-based diet. From popular Netflix documentary “The Game Changers” to world-class athletes who have adopted plant-based eating habits, plant-based diets are now at the forefront of healthy lifestyle discussion. Yet, adopting a plant-based diet as a swimmer can be a litt ...
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